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Chicago Overcoat - Film Review & Movie Trailer

DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011

Review by Compay for LatinRapper.com

 

Starring: Frank Vincent, Kathrine Narducci, Mike Starr, Armand Assante.

 

Chicago Overcoat movie review

While Chicago Overcoat lacks the powerful stories that Casino and Goodfellas both hits, it makes up for it with great cinematography. 

 

The movie follows the story of aging mobster Lou Marazano, a Chicago wiseguy who spends his golden years handling collections instead of sitting at the head of the table.  Played by Frank Vincent, Lou lives a modest life, focusing on the well-being of his daughter and grandson.


Realizing his need to retire, Lou dusts off his guns for a final series of contract killings to keep his boss from doing hard time. But tension mounts as friends become enemies, and a veteran detective picks up his scent.

The good news is that Chicago Overcoat was shot surprisingly well. There's quality cinematography, great use of shadows, and an overall noir vibe. This was director Brian Caunter's first feature film after shooting several shorts, and he does an excellent job with the movie's visuals.

Frank Vincent, better known as New York boss Phil Leotardo from the Sopranos, offers a solid performance as an old-school mobster. Armand Assante only gets a few minutes of screen time as Lou's imprisoned family boss, but he gives his brief performance his all.  Vincent is also reunited with former Sopranos actress Kathrine Narducci (Charmaine Bucco), who stars as Lou's beautiful former mistress.

The film isn't without problems, however, and that's why it never made it into theaters.  The first issue is that the story isn't particularly original or moving. It's not a boring flick, but it simply lacks spark. Too many aspects of the movie are what we've seen in Heat, Goodfellas, and a number of other mob flicks.

The other problem is that some of the cast is too weak to keep up with Frank Vincent and Kathrine Narducci. Danny Goldring is horribly miscast as the liquored-up and obsessed detective hot on Lou's heels. Much of the cast playing connected guys exaggerate their performance, which gives the film a low-budget feel.  Vincent himself gives a good performance, but isn't given opportunities to show much range.

DVD Extras include a Q&A with the cast and crew on their definition of a "Chicago Overcoat", and a behind-the-scenes look at one of the movie's more memorable shootout moments. It also includes a variety of deleted scenes, as well as an alternate ending.

 

If you're making your way to a Redbox kiosk tonight, this is probably one of the best-shot movies that you're going to find there.  Even if the story won't grab you like other classic mob flicks, it's definitely worth a rent.

 

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